What on earth can I make to go with the Margarita Shrimp Tacos I just made? Hmmm… This could be a tough one. Oh, wait, no it’s not–I’ll make a margarita! I have pinned tons of margarita recipes, but this Charred Lime & Jalapeño Margaritas recipe stood out. It caught my eye because it reminded me of the Charred Lemon, Rosemary and Coriander Gin and Tonics I made when I first started my blog. It’s not even close to Cinco de Mayo, but I really don’t care. I need a margarita (or two)!
These Charred Lime & Jalapeño Margaritas put all others to shame. Smoky, citrusy, and oh-so refreshing, this margarita is fit for Cinco de Mayo.
I lucked out and had a lot of the ingredients for this margarita recipe. I had to buy the produce, tequila, and salt. I’m no margarita expert, and I thought margarita salt was just coarse salt. Not true! It’s actually a blend of coarse salt and citrus zest.
You can buy it, but I decided to make mine using this margarita salt recipe. It was super easy and the fresh orange and lime zest was so good! It only took 5 minutes and made exactly the amount needed for the Charred Lime & Jalapeño Margaritas recipe. Nice!
I did need to plan a little when I decided to make this cocktail. None of the steps were difficult, but the jalapeno simple syrup needed time to cool before I could use it. Here’s how I spent my time:
- 5 minutes to make the jalapeno simple syrup*
- 13 minutes to make and garnish the margaritas
- 18 minutes total (*Cooling time for the simple syrup not included)
I actually made the simple syrup the day before the margaritas, then I popped it into the refrigerator overnight. I imagine it was cooled in an hour or two, and I probably could have made the margaritas the same day if I made the syrup that morning. I’m just not that motivated in the A.M.
Times to char the jalapenos and limes were not listed, but they only took a few minutes in my grill pan:
- 3 minutes to char the limes
- 4 1/2 minutes to char the jalapenos
I mixed the chili powder into the margarita salt and rimmed the glasses while I waited on the limes and peppers. Then it was just a matter of juicing the charred limes and shaking up the margarita ingredients. I’m not usually a garnish person, but they really made these drinks so pretty.